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Benefits of Government Incentives for Reusable Launch Vehicle DevelopmentMany exciting new opportunities in space, both government missions and business ventures, could be realized by a reduction in launch prices. Reusable launch vehicle (RLV) designs have the potential to lower launch costs dramatically from those of today's expendable and partially-expendable vehicles. Unfortunately, governments must budget to support existing launch capability, and so lack the resources necessary to completely fund development of new reusable systems. In addition, the new commercial space markets are too immature and uncertain to motivate the launch industry to undertake a project of this magnitude and risk. Low-cost launch vehicles will not be developed without a mature market to service; however, launch prices must be reduced in order for a commercial launch market to mature. This paper estimates and discusses the various benefits that may be reaped from government incentives for a commercial reusable launch vehicle program.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Shaw, Eric J. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Hamaker, Joseph W. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Prince, Frank A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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